5 Ways Cats Say “I Love You”

There’s a misconception about cats that they don’t show love to their owners, whereas dogs are very affectionate and demonstrate this love in various ways. But cats do actually show love and affection to their humans. They are constantly trying to find ways to communicate with you and find ways to tell you she loves you. It’s hard to know what cats are really trying to tell you. There are many ways cats show their love for us that includes head butting, love bites, kneading, purring, following you and bringing gifts etc.

#1. Head Butting

Head-butting actually shows that your cat truly cares about you. It is when your cat rubs their cheeks on you or an object, head-butts you with their forehead, or rubs their head on you.

According to Mother Nature Network, “Cats have secret glands concentrated on certain parts of their bodies, including their cheeks and heads. When your kitty rubs her head or face against you, she’s marking you with her scent and claiming you as part of her family group.” This is just a sign that your cat loves you and wants the world to know that you two belong together.

#2. Kneading

This is one of the main ways your cat tries to express love. Cats usually continue this behavior when they are feeling most relaxed, content, and loved. That’s often when they’re being petted on their owner’s lap. Kneading is a distinct expression of adoration.

” According to the experts at PetMD, “If your cat is curled up and kneading your lap while you’re petting him, he’s returning the affection and telling you he loves you right back. Unfortunately, this can be quite painful, since the happier he is, the harder he’ll dig in with his sharp nails.”

#3. Following You

If you have a cat, you probably know she’s going to follow you wherever you go mean she is in love with you. They’re actually following you around because they love being by your side and feel comfortable. While she just wants to be in the room with you is proof that she needs and wants you around.

According to the Mother Nature Network, “If your feline friend follows you from room to room, jumps onto tables and counters to be near you, and always seems to be right where you step, she clearly enjoys your company.”

#4. Bringing Gifts

Your cat usually brings you presents, such as toys or small, dead animals. This is your cat’s expression of love. Cats are adorable but they’re still tiny carnivores who have hunting instincts. Cats may catch everything from toys to mice and they often share their bounty with those they love. Cats who present you with a catch needs to be appreciated. They would only bring these special gifts as they love you.

Certified Animal Behavior Consultant Amy Shojai writes, “Cats love with gifting. Mighty hunter cats that catch everything from toys to bugs, mice or frogs, often share the bounty with those they love. Kitties who present you with this bounty deserve praise.”

#5. Making Eye Contact

A kitty’s eyes are cute and  huge. Cats that place their faces and wide open eyes near a person are expressing great trust and love. In the cat world, making eye contact is indication of love. Your cat will likely tend to make eye contact only with people she trusts and is comfortable around. It’s a very intimate act and your cats eye contact is a sure sign she loves you and is happy in your company.